Ecologistics, Parma

Project information

Index: 0154R1
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport
Location ITALY NORD-EST Parma Emilia-Romagna Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2006-01-01
End: on-going

Topic of the practice

urban freight policies

Good Practice Information

Ecologistics Parma is a urban freight distribution system combining a urban consolidation centre, a low-emission vehicle fleet and local restrictive policies to limit and control the access to the city centre.
Its peculiarity is the presence of the "traditional fresh" distributive chain. To overcome the negative impacts of urban goods distribution affecting the city centre of Parma it was necessary to reorganise the overall regulation concerning both transit and parking of freight transport inside the historical centre (Limited Traffic Zones) and to plan and implement a innovative urban goods distribution scheme based on efficiency and effectiveness of the “last mile” from the environmental, logistics social, safety point of view. Institutional partners: RER, Department of Environment, Municipality of Parma, CAL (Agro industrial and Logistic Center), Infomobility SpA. Non institutional actors: Freight Companies, Logistic dealers, Manufacturing and commercial delivery on their own. Other: POLIS, ITL. Resources: Bilateral storehouse
with loading/unloading ramps (indoor area of 1.500 m², ca. 100 m² of which refrigerated), 6 methane vehicles, Informative system, Vehicle traceability with GPS-GPRS technology, 1 director, 1 project manager, executives, managing personnel, 1 technical functionary, 2 technicians, 2 front office personnel, vehicle drivers, storemen. Financed by: Regione Emilia Romagna 671K €, Dep. of Environment 439K €, Municipality of Parma 579K €, CAL 180K €, Infomobility spa 170K€ (Total about 2.050 K €). Critical success factors: Flexibility (operators choose if to credit their own vehicles or to use the last-mile service of a credited logistics platf); allows the owners of logistic platform to credit their platform by certifying fixed requirements, to operate in free competition with CAL; Consultations with actors playing different roles in logistics process. Tranfer.:location of CC needs good accessibility for carriers, good accessibility in the historical city centre for shops deliveries, near the junction of the motorway, large areas for manoeuvres

Evidence of success

Number of consignments through the consolidation centre before the start of the project: 400. Number of consignments through the consolidation centre 1 year after the project: 1300. During the course of 2008, almost 5,400 deliveries have been carried out equal to 16,750 quintals of goods (fresh products and parcels, Environmental results are less evident but a reduction of CO2 emissions has been observed.
Interview campaign shows basically a framework where diverse actors or those who work in logistics and distribution as retailers, businesses, transporters, demonstrate knowledge of the service and appreciate it, even though other people have a very limited perception of the service. It seems clear that the overall assessment on the quality of work and professionalism of service operators are definitely very positive.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Arcangelo M. Merella (Director)

Infomobilty spa

Annex completed on: 03-09-2011

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